What’s on at Libraries Tasmania this May


Visit Libraries Tasmania this May and find something to enjoy at any age!

Join us for National Simultaneous Storytime on 25 May at your local library.

Each year a story written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read at the same time across Australia. This year’s book is Family Tree, written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh.

Take the grandkids for a morning out at Rock & Rhyme or Storytime

Remember singing rhymes to the kids when they were little? Rediscover the joy of singing in a small group at our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions, on at your local library.

Spaces for everyone

In a mood to simply relax? Come in and find a quiet spot to sit and reflect, read a magazine, catch up with friends or surf the internet. Libraries have spaces for everyone to enjoy.

We love our volunteers! This month, we are celebrating the volunteers who make such a large contribution to Libraries Tasmania.

Have you thought of volunteering at Libraries Tasmania?

Celebrate National Volunteer Week by registering your interest – there are various roles to choose from.

The library in your pocket

All members have access to our eLibrary. You can connect using your own device.

Download eBooks or eAudiobooks to your phone for free and access them when it suits you.

Did you know that you can manage your library membership and loans using the Libraries Tasmania Lending app? Download the app today.   

Open the magic world of Story Box Library for free with your library membership – view Australian and New Zealand storytellers reading aloud selected children’s books.

No fixed address?

Whether you are couch-surfing at a friend’s, or staying in temporary accommodation, visit your local library and become a member. We have relaxed our address requirements to make it easier for you. Access all our resources, for free, anywhere.

Discover the true story of William Lanney

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Attend one of the thought-provoking discussions in May at the Allport to learn more about the life of William Lanney.  

Enjoy the history of Cadbury’s at Claremont

Marvel over chocolate wrapper designs from the 1930s.

Visit the latest display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room.

If you can’t make it in person, take a peek at some incredible images from Cadbury’s.

The Tasmanian Archives Research Files 

How do we make sure that remote researchers have access to the same research material as locals?

These files can now be discovered through a simple search in the Tasmanian Names Index. Read more here.

Register for activities at our public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help finding our wonderful resources, contact your local library.

The library is your oyster

This April, we are inviting you to explore all that we have on offer.

Enjoy our exhibitions and displays.

Experience the delights of chocolate making in Tasmania’s south.

Visit the latest display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room and online.

Looking for a contemporary retelling of Tasmanian history?

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Experience the story of William Lanney as it’s never been told before.

Can’t come to an exhibition in person? Go behind the scenes with the Allport Curator and artists online.

Join a program or event for adults, at our public libraries across the state:

Or, for the kids:

Visit Eventbrite for events at your local library.

Have you ever wanted to join a book club?

We are partnering with Overdrive to bring you two virtual book clubs.

Ben’s Book Club is hosted by bestselling author Ben Hobson and focuses on a new book each month. Library Lovers is hosted by bestselling Maya Linnell and looks at books and magazines.

Each month you can download the selected titles with no holds or waitlist using the Libby App or from the OverDrive website using your Libraries Tasmania membership.

Expect interactive discussions with some of Australia’s most loved authors.

Register your interest online:

Big Library Read

Join in the Big Library Read from 4 to 18 April when readers around the world will all be reading the same book at the same time! This year’s title is Music is History by Questlove.

Our spaces are for everyone

Find a quiet space in the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room, and study, work, or read in comfort.

Visit your local library to enjoy the children’s area and family friendly spaces.

Discover local and Tasmanian history through access to resources online and in person at your local library.

Or satisfy your curiosity by reading magazines, connecting with a class, or doing your own research… the choice is yours.

If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, contact your local library.


Image: Dancers in costume as two couples. https://stors.tas.gov.au/NS2490-1-1$init=NS2490-1-1_33

Hello, have we met?

The library is here for you. Whether you’re visiting in person or online, you can enjoy having an extra place to spend time – at your library!

The last few years have changed how we live and communicate. Libraries Tasmania is here to help you adapt to the changing times through our digital literacy sessions and helpful IT volunteers! Why not see if there is a digital session near you on Eventbrite?

We’re here for you! Make the library your space. If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, send us a message, call or talk to your local library. No matter where you are, Libraries Tasmania is a safe and welcoming space to choose books, use the computer or just sit and listen to music. Visit our website for contact details.

Do you love your library? Why not pop in and collect a free “I Love My Library” bumper sticker or “Follow your curiosity” bookmark?

Have you been to the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Nestled within the State Library and Tasmanian Archives building at 91 Murray Street Hobart, is the hidden gem the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. The unmissable exhibition Vision of a palawa, showcasing Rodney Gardner’s contemporary watercolours, and illustrations from the Tasmanian Archives, is open with free entry until 12 March 2022.

Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Rodney Gardner.

If you can’t catch the exhibition watch behind the scenes footage of the exhibition and learn about Rodney Gardner’s artistic practice online.

Isn’t it good, Taswegian Wood

Listen to our very own State Library of Tasmania Librarian, Ali Marchant, discuss the history of willow in Tasmania with ABC presenter Helen Shield.

Learn about experiments in growing cricket bat willow trees and a wooden cricket pitch on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Blog.

March is for…. exploring programs and events at a library near you!

Leap into something new this March! Why not learn a new tech skill? Or discover your family history?

Come along this month:

  • Join the Tuesday Book Club at Devonport, for those who want to have a chat and discover a new read.
  • Want to know what’s happening in the tech world? Tech-Talk and Tea at Devonport Library explores the latest technology in a question-friendly session.
  • Family History DNA @ Bridgewater Library will help you discover how to get a DNA test for Family History research.
  • You can even watch a movie at Bridgewater Library’s free showing of The Railway Man.
  • Get active and have a mental health chat at the Rosny Library Wellness Walk held every month.
  • Refresh your knowledge or start from scratch with Internet and Computer basics at Hobart Library.
  • Embrace the opportunity to chat with fellow budding authors at Kingston Library’s Writers’ Space.

Can’t make it to a library space? Browse the eLibrary or view our film collections and past online programs on YouTube. Check out our carefully selected eBooks for children and adults, and eBooks for reading in various community languages for Harmony Week.

To discover the full range of exciting events, see Eventbrite.

Did you know..?

Libraries Tasmania is a place for everyone. We have around 2.4 million visits to our libraries each year from devoted members and curious visitors.

Our offerings are just as diverse as our community, and we’ve got something for you!   

Did you know… you can access free online streaming as a Libraries Tasmania member?

Forget about Netflix. Your library membership gives you direct access to Beamafilm. Watch movies, documentaries and tv shows for free from the convenience of your own device.

Did you know… about our exciting programs and books for kids?

Visit your library with your child to find out more about our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime programs and connect with other families.

Borrow a baby book pack to help your child develop language and literacy and build a life-long love of reading.

Did you know… we have bilingual picture and board books?

Borrow a bilingual picture book or board book and read and learn with your child in your preferred language. Place a hold via the library catalogue, or contact us for help.

Did you know… about our helpful workshops for adults who want to keep learning?

Find a free computer class at your local library and keep learning about the digital world.

Would you or a friend like reading, writing or maths to be easier? Drop into your local library and ask about our literacy service to find out about how we can help.

To see what’s on at your local library, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library directly.

Did you know… you are welcome in our comfortable public spaces?

Relax, meet up with friends, recharge your phone or use a computer.

Connect with others by coming into your local library and find new hobbies like reading world news in a language other than English using our eLibrary’s online magazines and newspapers.

Did you know… about the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Libraries Tasmania is the custodian of thousands of treasured pieces of Tasmania’s history. Some can be found at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the Allport and experience the current exhibition Vision of a palawa, as well as the permanent living collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, rare books and more…

Can’t visit the Allport in person? Explore the collections from your couch by viewing our online exhibitions, or keep up with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage news online.

Did you know… you can chat to a librarian?

Do you have a burning research question? If you’re looking for research help, you can get in touch directly with one of our librarians. Ask a librarian today!

The above is just a snapshot of what you can expect to find at Libraries Tasmania. To find out more visit libraries.tas.gov.au.

Relax and explore this January

We are settling into summer at Libraries Tasmania, and this January it’s all about discovery.  

Escape into one of our online exhibitions from the comfort of your lounge room where you can view early paintings and photographs of Tasmania’s beautiful beaches or explore the wilds of the Tasmanian wilderness

Find your new favourite book in our eLibrary, sit back and relax with a magazine, or pick up one of the fresh new arrivals waiting to be borrowed. Don’t forget to check out the annual Libraries Tasmania Top 10s when they’re announced on 17 January!

Our librarians have been busy compiling eBook and eAudiobook recommendations for you this summer! Take a look here:

Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy our latest exhibition, Vision of a palawa. This unmissable exhibition features watercolours by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Rodney Gardner, alongside the newly uncovered original drawings of 19th century French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit.

Join in at one of our workshops across the state:

For the kids… We have a host of exciting activities for those young explorers. Take a look at the Libraries Tasmania summer holiday program and register for Solve It @ Your Library. Your child can even go in the draw to win a Nintendo Switch.

To find out what else is on offer and to register, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library. Bookings are essential.

November is… Trying something new!


In November at Libraries Tasmania, we are trying out new things, engaging with different ideas, and developing skills!

Developing skills and thinking a little differently is a great way to keep your mind active and engaged. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, rediscovering one of your passions or interested in meeting people, we can help you along the way.

November events and workshops:

Learn something new online…

Are you keen to learn, but can’t come into the library in person? If so, you might be interested in reading the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog, viewing one of our online exhibitions or watching one of the incredible films from the Tasmanian Archives.

If you have a special interest that isn’t covered in one of our workshops, try searching the Libraries Tasmania catalogue and order a book on the topic via our holds service.

November for the kids…

The little ones are always learning, and as usual, we have something to engage the youngest to the oldest of the lot.

Our events do book out, so make sure you register today!

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

October is… Celebrating literacy!

This month we’re celebrating literacy in all its forms: reading and writing, numeracy, digital literacy, and media and information literacy!

Supporting the literacy skills of Tasmanians and encouraging everyone to keep learning throughout life is one of our main aims at Libraries Tasmania. We foster this activity in the community through coordinated workshops, one-to-one and group tuition and by providing access to information and resources to help people at all stages of their learning journey.

While we focus on this important work all year round, in October specific events such as Get Online Week and 26TEN Week really shine a light on this incredibly important topic and remind us all that there’s always something new to learn.

So, to inspire you, here’s a snapshot of the literacy activities on offer at our libraries this month:

  • Staying Connected While Being Apart @ Ulverstone Library
  • Digital Mentors @ Sheffield Library and Latrobe Library
  • All You Need to Know About Data and Public WiFi @ Devonport Library
  • Literacy, Learning and Libraries Celebration Morning Tea @ Penguin Library
  • Rock & Rhyme and eSafety Awareness Session @ Devonport Library

You can also find literacy tutorials, eResources and tools through our Niche Academy portal and through our Learning Support hub on our website.

October is also… a big community events month!

Across our libraries, you’ll find activities and resources for the following important events:

  • Mental Health Week: 4 to 11 October
  • Anti-Poverty Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Seniors Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Get Online Week: 18 to 24 October
  • 26TEN Week: 25 to 29 October
  • Media and Information Literacy Week: 24 to 31 October

Through Libraries Tasmania, you have access to so many pathways to improve your literacy skills (or those of someone you know), whatever your age or situation – it’s as simple as contacting a library and asking what they have on offer to support your needs.

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

SEPTEMBER IS… Learning something new!

September at Libraries Tasmania

From research to reading… What will you discover?

We’re passionate about lifelong learning, and our focus in September is all about supporting you to learn something new. From reading to researching, we have the experts and resources to get you started.


September is… Adult Learners’ Week

Libraries Tasmania is holding a series of engaging events across Tasmania to connect adults with learning and support their learning journeys during Adult Learners’ Week 2021.

Adult Learners’ Week is celebrated annually across Australia from 1 – 8 September. It is a great introduction to the learning support available in libraries for adults all year round.

Whether you are returning to learning after a long break or are wanting to develop a new skill, Libraries Tasmania is here to support you.

Join us for:

To find out what your local library is doing for Adult Learners’ Week, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.


September is… reading, writing, and research

Keen minds and lifelong learners are welcomed with open arms at Libraries Tasmania, with a range of creative and research-based activities on offer for those who want to extend their own writing skills, explore the writing of others – or refine their search for information.

Below is just a sample of what is on at your local library.

Bruny Library

Devonport Library

Glenorchy Library

Huonville Library

Kingston Library

Smithton Library

Ulverstone Library

To find out what your local library is offering, and to book, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

For your local library’s full list of events, don’t forget to check the What’s On link in our monthly newsletter.


September is… Rock & Rhyme and Storytime!

Learning something new is fun for the young ones, especially when it’s accompanied by music, narrative and movement! Our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions are very popular with babies, pre-schoolers… and their parents and carers! Sessions are run regularly throughout the year at many of our libraries.

To find and book a session, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

AUGUST IS… Uncovering your past!

Everyone has a past… Can yours be found in the Libraries Tasmania archives and heritage collections?

August is… 91 Stories

August is the month when we proudly open the doors to 91 Stories – our community-curated exhibition.

From 9 August you can view a selection of the 91 treasures from this exhibition at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in one of our libraries across Tasmania (where you can explore our fabulous roving exhibition cubes), or view the entire exhibition online in the evergreen 91 Stories Flickr gallery.

August is… Family history research

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania has a host of expert talks, online resources and in-library sessions to further your existing passion or spark your interest in all things family history!

Have you been interested in getting to know your family history, but are not sure where to start? Our librarians and archivists have done the hard work for you and offer their best advice and handy hints on how to get started.

  • We offer a range of different services that will help you connect to your ancestral roots, whether your family history lies in Tasmania, across Australia or overseas.
  • If you know you have Tasmanian heritage, the Tasmanian Names Index is a comprehensive database of Tasmanian records – all you need to do is search a name!
  • Search through the Tasmanian prison records, or our UNESCO Memory of the World-listed Tasmanian Convict Records.
  • You can use our specialised research guide to help identify whether you have Tasmanian Aboriginal ancestry.
  • And, if you’re looking beyond Tasmania, Ancestry lets you search across Australian census, birth, marriage and death records, or military and immigration records. Ancestry is available to Libraries Tasmania members using our PCs within our public libraries.

For the full list of Libraries Tasmania family history resources, visit our Family History web page.  

August is… Getting back to library basics

August is… For the kids!

Contact your local library to find out what’s on near you. Or, visit www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’.

Buried in the collection!

What will you discover in our collections this month?

Libraries Tasmania is home to a wealth of Tasmanian stories – whether in our 22 linear kilometres of shelving devoted to archives, or on our lending shelves in our 46 libraries across the state.

We invite you to be a detective and look a little deeper at what we have to offer in our cultural collections…

  • Dive into our Archives and Heritage blog, where you’ll uncover the hidden story behind some of our most important items, such as this donated letterpress
  • Assist with our DigiVol projects and help turn historical Tasmanian information into digitised data.
  • Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts (91 Murray Street, Hobart) to wander through its many ‘house’ rooms, where you’ll uncover exquisite objects, paintings and books that tell the story of Tasmania’s journey from yesterday to today.
  • Explore our two Flickr accounts… The Tasmanian Archives and State Library (Commons) account makes publicly available more than one thousand of our most-loved creative commons images; while our private exhibitions and collections can be accessed on this Libraries Tasmania Flickr account, where our team has curated albums for you to explore – including previous Allport exhibitions, Tasmanian convict and prisoner photos, Queen Elizabeth II in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain, early Hobart and so much more.

In addition to our cultural treasures, did you know we offer these lending library services?

  • Home Library Service: This is a free service for people who can’t visit a library due to incapacity. You tell us what you would like to receive, we pick it for you and then our volunteer couriers deliver these library items to you, either to your home or residential facility. To find out more, visit Home Library Service (libraries.tas.gov.au)
  • Bilingual Books: Is English your second language or does your family speak more than one language at home? We are proud to offer some beloved and classic children’s picture books told in both English and other languages. Titles include books by Eric Carle as well as David McKee’s ‘Elmer’ series. Available languages include Farsi, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. You can find these books at Burnie, Devonport, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingston, Launceston and Rosny Libraries – you can place a hold now or contact our staff for assistance.
  • New Release Express Service: This service offers a selection of our most popular new books for immediate borrowing. You can take home a bestseller without having to wait! In addition to Hobart, Kingston, Rosny, Launceston, Devonport, Glenorchy and Burnie, the New Release Express Service has now expanded to St Helens, Ulverstone, Huonville and Sorell Libraries. For more information visit https://www.libraries.tas.gov.au/…/express-service.aspx